Ever since about March or so when the American passport suddenly became worthless, people who usually travel by plane to vacation spots suddenly were packing up and driving to where ever wasn’t their house. That meant normally pleasant national parks and camping spots looked like Disney World in July. That’s not a good thing. Good luck even finding a parking spot at an outdoor venue and suddenly the sleepy little resort towns in the Midwest are overrun with tourists. To combat that, people had to go even further away into some true expedition exploring, but mom’s Honda Odyssey minivan wasn’t the ideal vehicle for the job. Enter the overland rig.
The overlanding community has always been strong, but never in your face about it. You could usually tell if you saw a roof-top tent or some serious suspension and wheel/tire combo, but that was about it. Jeeps and Land Cruisers are the preferred vehicle of choice, but you’d get your Tacoma and other trucks as well. What you usually don’t see, are $100,000+ luxury SUVs, even as capable as they might be. Taking a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen into the woods and putting trail damage on one is a bad idea unless you plan on being buried in it, but it looks like this 2013 up for sale in West Virginia of all places is exactly ready for that. Notice I said “ready” and didn’t used any past tense language on that one. Let me explain.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2013 Mercedes-Benz G550 on eBay
Engine: 5.5 liter V8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 37,000 mi
Location: Martinsburg, West Virginia
2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class G 550 AWD 4MATIC 4dr SUV. Condition is Used
Up for sale is a 2013 Mercedes G 550 (G-Wagon/ Geländewagen) Expedition Truck with 37,000 miles on it, Built out for overlanding. This is not your stock G-Wagon!!! Vehicle has a clean Carfax, No Accidents, Serviced by local Mercedes Dealerships and has not been off-roaded as of yet. Merc was just A & B serviced in May. Truck was certified Pre-Owned when purchased. As you can see in the photos tons of extras added to make this G even more off-road capable. The truck will come will all stock components that were replaced. Qty, 5 NEW Yokohama Geolander H/T 265/60 R18 110V on stock Mercedes Rims & 1 Rear tire cover, 4 Stock springs and shocks as they were replaced at @27,000 miles, as were the tires and rims. Complete set of factory carpet floor mats. Vehicle mileage will change as it does get driven. This vehicle is in phenomenal shape and very well taken care of. (Vehicle Height is: 86 Inches or 7Ft 2In.)
The list of added components are as follows:
– Front Runner roof rack
– 40 inch Rough Country LED light bar (The bar was installed without having to drill the roof, the wiring was run along the gutter and pillar drain.)
– WeatherTech Molded Rubber Floor Mats
– Warn VR10S Winch w/ synthetic line @ Epic Sidewinder Hook w/ wired remote
– Rockmeister Roof Ladder
– 5 qty. BF Goodrich All Terrain T/A LT 285/75 R 16 (95% or Better Tread)
– 5 qty. Hutchinson WA-1873-017 Beadlock Rims (16×7.5x37mmx1500Kg)
– Fox Adjustable Racing Shocks
– THOR Motorworks Spring Set: Gives the truck an additional 2.5 to 3 inches of lift.
– Viking Off Road winch mount
– Alu Cab Shadow Awn; Right side w/ mounting brackets and side walls
– Lockable Rear Tire Storage Compartment
– 4 black aluminium inserts for center caps (installed with center cap)
well over $15,000.00 worth of accessories
vbThere is no warranty expressed or implied/ vehicle is/ as is. Buyer pays shipping cost. I will make myself available to shippers @ pickup at your cost.
This is not something you see everyday. A 2013 G550 with over $15,000 worth of “gear” that includes Fox Racing shocks, giant BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A K02 tires, a winch, roof rack with ladder, light bar, and a really trick awing that doesn’t require any poles. If you are into overlanding, this is a nice start. Thing this, all this stuff is just in theory. The seller says that this vehicle hasn’t even been exploring or overlanding yet. Now he is either lying, or just likes to look like he is overlanding. I’m not sure which way to call it. I could see doing a suspension lift and some big tires for West Virginia “roads” or whatever they call them, but a 10,000lb winch seems like a little overkill for some gravel driveways.
Even with all this expensive gear, the asking price is $65,000. That is about right on the money for this year and similar mileage without all the accessories. The thing is, I really don’t want a 2013 G550 if I’m going to put myself into situations where a winch is required. Maybe for some really light camping to pre-determined spots that are setup for that with those cute picnic tables, but going out and exploring the wildness in this thing? No way. I also think I remember this one being for sale many months ago with the same photos, so this one has been sitting awhile. I think in theory this was a cool idea, but for the practice? Maybe a Cruiser is a better tool.
Too bad it never got to be used as intended. Mud sprays off and dents and dings can be repaired pretty easily.
“but it looks like this 2013 up for sale in West Virginia of all places…” ” I could see doing a suspension lift and some big tires for West Virginia “roads” or whatever they call them…”
What’s up with the WV bashing?
Poor hillbillies could never afford a G Wagon? Believe it or not, there are affluent people in WV, especially in the eastern panhandle/DC suburbs, where this G is located. And this may be surprising, but WV has modern roads! Even in the middle of nowhere (Corridors G, H, and L come to mind).
I can believe it has not seen any major off-road use. Most of the interesting places in WV, and the Potomac region, are easily driven to. And if not, you are usually hiking; none of WV is above the tree line, and the forests are downright thick with trees. There are nice off-road trails that are for motorcycles and ORVs.
Me? I know some places there I could bang this around, and I would. I put some dings and “pinstripes” on every 4×4 I owned when I lived in WV. In the grand scheme of money and things, this is pretty much new Raptor money…and I would rather have the G off-road.
Take that! Good on you, Doug.
Andrew, would an older 2003 G500 be more acceptable to take out on trail?
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